Adventures in Reduxes, Step 1: Deconstruction

Hey, sweet readers. Either we’ve known each other for awhile or we’re planning on the sticking it out for the long haul, yes? So I might as well be honest with you. I need to tell you three things right now: 1. I’m a pantser, (which you might have known.)2.  But I hate that about myself, (which you probably didn’t know.)3. I am LAZY. (which, if you’ve been paying attention at all, you definitely knew.) So, what does a lazy pantser do when she wants to write with an outline but doesn’t actually want to write an outline? She writes a redux. It makes perfect sense! You can just take a story you love, change some details to put it in a different setting, or a different universe, or add some aliens, or change someone’s gender, and BAM! Awesome story! Outlined for you! Just write it! SO EASY. Right? So very very not even close to right. I’m currently working on a Bible story redux and an Austen redux, and the first thing I’m learning is that the first step in any redux is perhaps the most counterintuitive – Separate yourself from the story. This was so, so tough. I’m doing this redux because I love the story. LOVE it. But in order to do this redux right, I had to first tear myself away from making gaga eyes at it so that I could completely critically rip that sucker apart. These are all issues I’ll be exploring in subsequent posts, but questions like: What was the original pacing of the story? How does it need to be changed...